Gov. Hochul: State to invest $10B in health care; COVID numbers are dropping

According to state data, there are currently 7,119 cases of the virus in the state, down 92% from the Omicron peak three weeks ago. The daily positivity rate has dropped dramatically to 5.92%. She also said that hospitalizations are down 43%.

News 12 Staff

Feb 1, 2022, 6:02 PM

Updated 840 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul brought some encouraging numbers Tuesday morning to NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx during her COVID-19 briefing.
According to state data, there are currently 7,119 cases of the virus in the state, down 92% from the Omicron peak three weeks ago. The daily positivity rate has dropped dramatically to 5.92%. She also said that hospitalizations are down 43%.
She also said that the state would make a $10 billion investment into the health care industry – the largest in New York history. More than $4 billion of that money is going toward bonuses and wages for health care workers.
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She’s aiming to grow the health care workforce by 20% over the next five years.
"I want people to know that we are taking this very seriously,” said Hochul. “And we have to make sure that we understand that everyone deserves access to quality health care. That is a basic human right that we're putting an exclamation point on, and we must prepare for what the future throws at us."
As for the state’s indoor and school mask mandate that was upheld during appeals on Monday – the governor didn’t have anything to announce. She says any decision to either lift or extend the mandate would come after conversations with hospitals and school leaders.
The governor also announced that a “long COVID” symposium with a panel of medical experts would be held on the state’s website on Wednesday. You can register for that here.
While at the Bronx hospital, Hochul thanked the military medical personnel that was deployed to help relieve hospital workers who have been working nonstop during the pandemic.



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